Gangnam style “broke” the YouTube counter

We all know that Psy’s Gangnam Style is the most watched video on YouTube. Gangnam style was the first YouTube video to hit 1 billion views in December 2012 and reaches 2 billion views in June this year.

Well, something interesting happened last week. The Gangnam style video “broke” the YouTube view counter. The counter was originally a 32 bit integer. Which means it can count up to 2,147,483,647 views. Nobody expects a YouTube video to reach that number of views…… well, that is until Psy gave us Gangnam style.

So to cater for the ever increasing view count, YouTube have upgraded the counter from 32 bit integer to 64 bit integer. This means the YouTube view counter is now capable of reaching 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 views. It might seem enough for us now but hey, you never know when another viral video hit that view count.

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But seriously, who is still watching the Gangnam style video? And how much advertising money is Psy earning from YouTube?

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